Litter! What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing!

It would barely be a stretch to claim that Switzerland has an image of absurd cleanliness.

Freeways are so smooth and clean that one might want to put down a blanket and have a picnic. And fountain water in the cities is so clear that it does not need a fancy brand to be desirable. Seriously!

On the flipside, Swiss cities are finding that litter is increasingly eating up their maintenance budgets. On a normal weekend and despite plenty of waste bins, garbage tends to magically accumulate on sidewalks and train platforms.

I can attest that empty beer bottles, candy wrappers and cigarette butts normally pave the way home after a night out...

Luzern Litter

When it comes to fighting litter, the city of Luzern has recently lauched a very innovative campaign: "Respect My Work!"

While fines are already being imposed for different kinds of littering, see for yourself how they are trying to prevent littering in the first place:

Luzern Litter

Luzern Litter

Luzern Litter

Luzern Litter

Luzern Litter

(Pictures courtesy of Clockworx)

Question: Do you think this interactive campaign will help Lucerne reduce litter?

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2 replies
  1. Moonchild
    Moonchild says:

    Oops, you tricked me. I posted to FB instead of here. Anyway, whoever came up with this deserves a bonus. Can’t wait to visit Luzern just so I can throw away some trash!

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